This is a rather complicated recipe so I only make it at Christmastime. But it is delicious and worth the effort. Also great with coffee.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
96
Yield:
8 dozen
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Ingredients

96
Original recipe yields 96 servings
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the honey, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until well blended. Mix in the candied orange peel, citron, almonds, brown sugar, orange and lemon zests. Stir the baking soda into the hot water, then beat into the mixture along with the egg. Gradually mix in the flour. The dough should be very stiff, you may need to knead it on the counter to get it thoroughly blended. Cover and chill overnight so the flavors can ripen.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bars about 2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottoms are only starting to brown. Remove cookies to cool on wire racks. Ice them with a thin confectioners glaze while they are still warm, if you like. When cool, store in a tightly closed container. If you want soft cookies, put half an apple in the container for several days.

Nutrition Facts

49 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 10.3g 3% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterol 1.9mg 1% DV; sodium 9.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
I loved this recipe. The last time I made Lebkuchen it was with my German mother. She passed away years ago and I couldn't find her recipe. I searched for one that sounded the same and this was it. When I made it it was exactly like hers. Even my kids loved it and thought it was her recipe. Thanks so much!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/14/2010
I had the ingredients mixed together but I wasn't able to make it back to baking until 3 days later after which the cookies were like dense breads with a ginger snap taste. They tasted fine but not at all the texture of real Lebkuchen (I lived in Germany for 6 years). It could have been the 3 day wait. I am a little skeptical about trying it again. The way mine turned out would be good dunked in tea. Read More
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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
I loved this recipe. The last time I made Lebkuchen it was with my German mother. She passed away years ago and I couldn't find her recipe. I searched for one that sounded the same and this was it. When I made it it was exactly like hers. Even my kids loved it and thought it was her recipe. Thanks so much!! Read More
(34)
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2008
I loved making these cookies. My whole kitchen smelled like Christmas. Very good with a strong cup of coffee. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
Having been stationed in Germany many years ago I fell in love with lebkuchen. I have tried many recipes over the years and this is one of the better ones. I did not change a thing and am quite happy with the results. Thank you for this recipe and a chance at bringing back some very pleasant memories. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/14/2010
I had the ingredients mixed together but I wasn't able to make it back to baking until 3 days later after which the cookies were like dense breads with a ginger snap taste. They tasted fine but not at all the texture of real Lebkuchen (I lived in Germany for 6 years). It could have been the 3 day wait. I am a little skeptical about trying it again. The way mine turned out would be good dunked in tea. Read More
(4)
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